This month in counterfeit crime. April 2015 edition

Where to start this month. From government employees selling fake cell phone cases while they were suppose to be working, to fake Botox and condoms being sold through Groupon. And many stories of small time counterfeits getting caught.

New counterfeit Botox makes its way into the US

There is nothing worse then getting a fake injection or getting a fake prescription, but it is all to common. The FDA has sent out a press release detailing a new counterfeit Botox that was sold in the US and is in the supply chain.

FDA is alerting health care practitioners and the public that a counterfeit version of Botox was found in the United States and may have been sold to doctors’ offices and medical clinics nationwide.  The product was sold by an unlicensed supplier who is not authorized to ship or distribute drug products in the United States.

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Groupon sells counterfeit condoms

Lets hope that no one saw the headline to late. Yes, a company made a Groupon to sell counterfeit condoms. 

The condoms, which include branding of Durex’s “Extra Safe,” “Thin Feel” and “Performa” product lines, are counterfeit, and may come with serious flaws such as holes in the latex,according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Product Safety Recalls website.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) also put out an alert on Wednesday, advising consumers and health professionals to be wary.

Anyone who bought the products off Groupon between 12 March, 2015 and 10 April, 2015 is told to get rid of them. As the ACCC helpfully points out, the faulty condoms “may not prevent pregnancy or protect users against sexually transmitted diseases.”

Let’s hope no one finds out the hard way.

Government employee uses work time to sell counterfeit cell phone cases. 

My last business I ran sold cell phone cases. Counterfeits were my #1 problem. Not competitors, but counterfeits. That is why I now run a anti-counterfeiting business that protects your brand online. Here is a example of a seller I had to deal with all the time:

ALBANY, N.Y. – A New York state employee will get five years of probation for running online trademark counterfeiting businesses and stealing nearly $40,000 by charging the state for time he didn’t work.

Prosecutors say Wajahat Abbasi pleaded guilty Thursday to grand larceny and trademark counterfeiting. Along with probation, Abbasi must pay $38,000 in restitution, quit his job and forfeit $120,000.

Investigators found nearly $220,000 worth of counterfeit cellphone cases in Abbasi’s home in an Albany suburb. Investigators purchased the items online from companies controlled by Abbasi.

Prosecutors say he didn’t show up for work 53 times from January 2013 to December 2014. But he still charged the state for the time, stealing more than $38,000 in payroll.

Abbasi was a computer programmer for the state Office of Information Technology Services.

Just another person selling counterfeit DVDS. A story likes this appears every few weeks:

Between July 2012 and May 2013 Mr Bennetto set up and operated six Amazon seller accounts which were used to sell counterfeit DVDs imported from China.

Nigel Bennetto, who was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court on Monday 20 April 2015, was also subject to a Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and was ordered to repay £464,838 or face a default prison term of up to three years in addition to his existing sentence.

Mr Bennetto was initially arrested in January 2013 by the North Yorkshire Police Financial Investigation Unit on suspicion of money laundering and offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

Just a small business man trying to make money selling fake goods on the street:

BATON ROUGE, La (Press Release) Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced today that investigators with his office have arrested an East Baton Rouge Parish man accused of illegally selling knock-off handbags, watches, jewelry and other items at a local flea market.

Cheikh Tidiane Kane, 40, of Baton Rouge was arrested Wednesday. Investigators from Caldwell’s office seized 1,393 items with counterfeit trademarks from brands such as Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Coach, Chanel, Rolex, North Face and UGG.  The items have an estimated value of nearly $114,000.

A local retail store was found selling over 650 counterfeit goods. 

Fraud detectives with Metro police uncovered thousands of dollars in counterfeit merchandise at a Nashville retailer Wednesday.

Detectives discovered the illegitimate stock at LJ’s Fashions, located at 103 Lafayette Street, over the course of three visits to the store since December 2014.

More than 650 items were seized when officials executed a search warrant for the business, including:

  • 164 pairs of counterfeit Nike Air Jordan shoes
  • 24 pairs of counterfeit Nike Air Max shoes
  • 32 pairs of counterfeit Nike Air Force One shoes
  • 3 counterfeit pairs of Timberland boots
  • 1 counterfeit pair of Polo boots
  • 22 pairs of counterfeit Ray Ban sunglasses
  • 44 counterfeit DVDs
  • 325 counterfeit CDs
  • 11 counterfeit Michael Kors wallets
  • 13 counterfeit Michael Kors purses
  • 29 counterfeit Michael Kors earrings




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